The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba has approved the promotion of 21,039 junior police officers who were last promoted on or before 2017.
The Acting Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi who made this known in a statement on Thursday said the approval for their promotion was given on Wednesday, 13th April.
A breakdown of those promoted shows 20,572 Sergeants were elevated to the next rank of Inspector, 324 Corporals to Sergeants, and 143 Constables to the rank of Corporal.
The statement added that the IGP’s move is part of “ongoing efforts aimed at improving welfare, conditions of service, boosting the morale of personnel, with a view to repositioning the Force for greater efficiency.”
He noted further that “the promotion of the officers is part of the manpower development drive of his administration to ensure that deserving personnel are promoted accordingly, to encourage hard work, and further embed the culture of merit, excellence, and dedication to duties.”
He charged the newly promoted officers to remain committed to duty and strengthen their zeal for delivery through greater patriotism.
For senior police officers who are due for promotion, IGP Baba assured that the Force is in talks with the Police Service Commission to approve their promotions.
“The Force high command is liaising with the Police Service Commission on the release of their promotion, which is expected to be approved and released as soon as possible,” he assured.
The IGP equally restated the commitment of his administration to entrenching longstanding reforms in the Nigeria Police Force.